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Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2018

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Hartlepool Waterfront

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Free Family Performance Music Event

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2018

It’s the Summer event you’ve all been waiting for and let’s just say we’ve stepped up and taken things to the next level….

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2018 is back for a second outing to start your Summer off with a beach-themed bang.  As we begin our cultural journey out to sea, Hartlepool Waterfront Festival dusts off our deckchairs with this year’s theme “Oh, I Do Like To Be”. Check out our full programme here: 

 

‘Oh I Do Like To Be…’

This year’s theme celebrates one of Hartlepool’s best features and begins our cultural journey into the future.  Pull up a deck-chair and get ready for an arts festival like Hartlepool has never seen, as we celebrate the sea shore.

 

Fri 20 July from 5pm

Film Friday!

After bringing two watery-classics to Hartlepool Waterfront Festival in 2017, we’ve decided to dedicate a full evening to films!  The Friday Film Fest will be open from 5pm. Here’s how the line-up looks - 

 Finding Nemo (2003) – 5pm

 

Boy & Bicycle (1965) – 6.45pm

 

The Goonies (1985) – 7.30pm

 

Visitors are reminded to arrive early to avoid disappointment, as the capacity may be capped for safety reasons.  Don’t forget to bring seating and a warm coat in case the weather takes a good old British turn for the worse!  Food will not be provided on-site, so we’d encourage paying a visit to local businesses to make your own picnic.  But remember – no glass will be allowed on-site!

 

 

Sat 21 and Sun 22 July 2018 from 12pm

Mainmast Stage

The Mainmast Stage’s programme focusses on music and family activity.  We’ve got two days of the best acts in the North East. 

Headlining the festival...

Lost Voice Guy

Sun - 3.45pm

Stop the press! A late addition to our programme, we've got icon, star and (relatively) local Lost Voice Guy fresh from his win on this year's Britains Got Talent!

 

The Lake Poets - Sat 4.15pm

If you haven’t heard of The Lake Poets, you’re in for a treat.  Local lad, Marty is bringing his full band to end the first day of the Mainmast stage at the Waterfront Festival and we’re excited to see what he has in store.  His music is pure, honest, and ethereal and is emphatically Northern.  The Lake Poets celebrates where we’re from and tells stories set in shipyards and on fish quays, as well as good old fashioned love songs set in Northern towns.

 

Tom Mouse Smith - Sat 5pm

Teen sensation Tom Mouse Smith has made quite the impact on the North East music scene.  After turning down an invite from Simon Cowell to appear on Britain’s Got Talent, Tom’s rise to success has increased each day since, including the time he supported James Bay at Tynemouth Priory. If you’re not already familiar with Tom’s work, which encompasses covers of classics such as ‘House of the Rising Sun’, then check his work out on Youtube.  Tom’s set promises to be storming!   

 

Samantha Durnan - Sun 2.30pm

Samantha has performed to music fans around the globe and has amassed a strong following for her Stevie Nicks inspired tunes.  Her latest single, Satellite, was released just a few months ago and is already a favourite.  Her three-voice cover of Gimme Gimme Gimme by Abba has even reached over 17k views online! 

 

Talent Show - Sat 2pm

TS is driven by James Leonard Hewitson, one of the driving forces behind Hartlepool's 'Town Hall Live' at the Town Hall Theatre and has a set-list full of strong indie anthems.  If you haven't already heard his instant classic 'Shy of Hard Work', then check it out on Spotify.  His music is a favourite with TV producers and has been featured on Made in Chelsea and Tattoo Fixers.  If you aren't already a James Leonard Hewitson fan, you will be after the Waterfront Festival.

 

FIKA - Sat 12.30pm

FIKA are a new North East two-piece combining, voices, guitar, ukulele and some talented pals.  They've a strong commitment to fancy harmonies and lyrics that give you the ‘feels’, so get ready for FIKA to serve up some Kate Bush, Bob Dylan and Prefab Sprout.

 

North Road - Sat 3.30pm & Sun 3pm

After a storming set at 2017's Hartlepool Fireworks, the three lads from Durham are back for an extended set at the Waterfront.  Get ready for outstanding renditions of indie anthems, as well as some of the old classics thrown in for good measure.

 

Club Groovy - Sun 12.30pm

We'll kick Sunday off with a beach-themed Club Groovy, with Urban Kaos bringing their signiture party for mini groovers and their adults!

 

Eve Conway - Sat 2.45pm

Eve Conway is an urban, alt-pop solo artist from Darlington, whose massive voice and gritty brand of music captures the bare essence of folk/R'n'B/gospel and presents it in a fresh and exciting way. Her raw and soulful songs reflect on the darker side of the human condition delighting the ears, yet unsettling the mind.

Spine-tingling delivery combined with a lo-fi charm make Eve a captivating live performer, engaging crowds with her warm and savage vocal tones that soar above expansive layers of sound courtesy of her battered guitar and loop/sample pedal.

 

Sparkle - Sun 1.30pm

Fresh from supporting X Factor's Sam Lavery, Teesside's best girl group bring the party back to #partypool.  As students of Miss Toni's Academy, the four have developed a unique sound that has represented Hartlepool to the highest standard for nearly five years. 

 

Channy Thompson

There aren't a lot of North East Pop Stars who can say their career has been as successful as Channy's and she's back to perform for one of her most loyal fan-bases.

 

Miss Toni's Academy Choir - Sat 12pm

One of Hartlepool’s best performing arts schools, Miss Toni once again brings her group to entertain and dazzle us with the best pop-choir in the area. 

 

 

Jib Market

The Jib Market is our pop-up party market that will play host to some of the finest street food sellers and musicians, performers and entertainers in the North East.  Whether it's a close-encounter with a performance poet or a dirty burger with loaded fries, a choral rendition of a Beyonce classic or a three person drag extravaganza, we've got you covered. The Jib Market is the hippest place to be for two days only! 

 

Bonnie and the Bonettes - from 12.00

Category is: Stars; Statements and Legends. If you're not familiar with the North's own Bonnie Love and her fabulous Bonettes, then close your eyes and think of Divas, Glitter and Neon Wigs.  Bonnie and The Bonettes are ready to host the Jib Market stage and make sure that you're smiling.  No exceptions.  Or else.    We're honoured to welcome the gang as our hosts before they bring their legendary theatre show 'Drag Me to Love' to the Town Hall Theatre in October.  Drag optional, glitter essential.

 

Tees Women Poets - Sat 12.30pm

A collective of women performance poets established by national spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes, who run regular writing and rehearsal clubs, and perform across the region.

 

Megan Wardell - Sat 1.30pm

Boro's very own Megan is one of the best singers in the Tees Valley and she's taking some time out of her busy schedule to treat us to an intimate set of classics that could range from Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse to Elvis.  This is a chance to catch a star-in-the-making before she goes global.

 

Sarah Crutwell - Sat 2pm

Sarah is a Spoken Word poet is based in the Tees Valley and her aim is to address 'the things we lower our voices to talk about'.  In a world that seemingly grows worse and worse with each day, she takes on issues such as mental health, loneliness, politics, sexism and women's rights.  If you haven't already witnessed Sarah's power, get ready to be moved.

 

Hartlepool Folk Festival Hour -Sat & Sun - 2.30pm

In the run-up to Hartlepool Folk Festival's 4th year, we've once again invited them to programme an hour of the North East's brightest and best folk musicians.  After their successful turn at the Waterfront Festival last year, we're sure that there'll be something for everyone.  Folk Hour is coming!

 

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Sat 4.15pm

Closing the Jib Market Stage on Saturday, we've invited Ladies of Midnight Blue to end the party as they bring Afro-Latin percussion and brass duet to the Jib Market.  If you haven't already met LofMB, think club-like drum rhythms, and powerful and upbeat melodies that inspire dancing and audience participation.   

 

Zoe Murtagh - Sat & Sun 4pm

Zoe Murtagh is a female poet and theatre-maker who is well known for her Riot Grrrl inspired spoken word and Feminist poetry.  She is currently artistic associate at ARC in Stockton.

 

Carl James Dunning - Sat 3.30pm

The Redcar music scene is a hotbed of talent and Carl is one of its strongest performers.  Join him for acoustic folk music with quietly powerful self-penned songs written in the Tees Valley.

 

Choral Interlude -  

Choral Interlude are a choir ran by and for women.  The choir is open invite and was set up to provide a space in which women can meet up to sing for their own pleasure.  The Choir leader is Sinead Florence Livingston.

 

Kirsten Luckins

Poet, performer, lazy illustrator, theatre-maker and fledgeling director, Kirsten Luckins is a woman of many talents! She's a former BBC Slam finalist, author of poetry collections The Trouble With Compassion and Utterly Otterly, and Producer in the North for performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes. Expect poems on everything from the glories of Italian food to the revolutionary tendencies of otters.

 

Parissa Zarifi - Sun 1.30pm

Singer-Songwriter Parissa has found acclaim on BBC Radio Tees Introducing and is fast becoming a one-to-watch in the Tees Valley music scene.  Parissa's vocals are both stunning and chilling in equal measure and her cover of Wicked Game has helped cement her as one of the most exciting musical acts in the Tees Valley. 

 

Steve Pledger - Sun 2pm

Steve is an acoustic singer-songwriter with an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer.  After making his name in his home town, he recently moved to County Durham and this is his first time playing in Hartlepool.  Think Presley, think Costello, think Springsteen and think acoustic and that's Steve.

 

Sinead Florence Livingston - Sun 3.30pm

Singer, songwriter and Clog Dancer Sinead is a local folk musician whose work is inspired by the history and stories of Weardale, where she now resides.

 

Quarterdeck Programme

New to 2018, the Quarterdeck programme showcases some of the best outdoor activity, happenings and experiences in the country. The selection of theatre has been handpicked to ensure that there is something for every taste. In a new twist to the programme, we’ve programmed some world-class outdoor theatre performances, including the following –

 

Belle Vue Hotel - Bash Street Theatre - Sat & Sun - 3.30pm

Closing the programme, Bash Street Theatre bring their hilarious family show ‘Bellevue Hotel’ to Hartlepool Waterfront.  Set in a theatrical boarding house in the 1950s, it tells the story of landlady Elsie Lovejoy and her capers with the gangster boss of the neighbouring sweet factory who is determined to buy her out.  With live music and silent comedy, Bash Street are masters in the art of outdoor performance and Bellevue is an unmissable opportunity to see one of their best works.

 

Giant Seagulls – Big Rory and Co.

These cheeky sea birds have had audiences in a flap all over the world. Giant gulls with working beaks, they’ll rummage in bags and pockets, steal food from plates and picnic baskets, squabble amongst themselves and generally cause a fuss.
The company spent many happy hours studying the behaviour of real seagulls before applying what they had learnt to this walkabout.  From the calls to the fights, the attention to detail is constantly surprising.

 

Life’s A Beach – Black Country Touring - Sat & sun - Various times

Three caravans – each one a specially created performance space, each one a different part of an experience shared across cultures – the British seaside.

Three unique shows created from interviews with the people of the Black Country and Skegness. Together, they explore the glitz, the grot, and fish & chips; the sea, the sand and the seagulls; the wind, the waves and the fairground rides that make our holiday experience.

But what’s it like to live there all year round? Meet the bingo caller who dresses as Elvis and the Lifeboat crew who keep us safe.

 

All At Sea - Acrojou - Sat - 1.30pm & 3.15pm. Sun 1.15pm & 3.15pm

A storm in a tea up, the cloud that we all carry, a boat-sized piece of one man’s inner ocean... 

All at Sea is set in a boat which rows gently through the tides of the world around us.

In limbo between life and death, a lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of memories and past hopes, accompanied by his own personal storm. 

All at Sea combines melancholic humour, striking design, and the visual poetry for which Acrojou is recognised, in a moving and atmospheric row-about installation. 

 

Blazing Saddles – Bicycle Ballet - Sat - 12.15pm & 2.45pm and Sun 12.45 & 2.45pm

Blazing Saddles is a visually stunning & joyful outdoor performance celebrating women & cycling & fashion, with a wry look at pink, evolving cultural taboos & the freedom of cycling.

The show celebrates a step change moment for women in the late 1890s, when bicycles first became widely available.  Women embraced the freedom, independence & economy bicycles offered &, to the horror of wider society, transformed their clothing to be able to ride.  

Evolving from a contemporary choreography, the show uses movement, character & humour, clowning, costume & cake (or possibly biscuits) to tell the story of a group of women caught up in the excitement of the possibilities of freedom, travel & independence.

The visual narrative unfolds in a series of sequences, moving around a location.  Costumes & colours transform taking on a more modern look, & touching on issues & ideas about women cycling today.

 

Sol Cinema - Sat and Sun - Most of day!

The smallest cinema in the Solar System is visiting Hartlepool this summer! Roll up, roll up - get in line and wait in line to experience the only Solar-powered cinema show this side of Yorkshire! 

 

Greater Tees Carnival - SIRF  - Sat 1pm

As part of the Great Place Tees Valley programme, we are delighted to welcome Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) to Hartlepool for a warm-up procession with community groups working in Hartlepool.  The groups have worked with professional artists to develop costumes, music and performance as part of a huge site-wide procession that will officially open our festival. 

The theme this year is ‘Reach For The Stars’ and we can’t wait to see how this is interpreted by Team Hartlepool!

If you’re not sure what to expect from the procession, think Carnival, think costume, think music, think dancing and think party!

 

Arts Beach - Sat & Sun - 12pm - 5pm

Building on the phenomenal success of 2017’s Art Garden, this year some of the region’s best working artists are coming together to deliver free drop-in workshops for Young People and their adults. 

This year we are to welcome artists from across the country to help make, create and craft in our Arts Beach!  In 2017, artists directly engaged with over 2100 people and we’re hoping to double that in 2018!

 

Oh, I do Like To Be - Sat & Sun - 12pm - 5pm

As part of the Great Place Teess Valley programme, Hartlepool Borough council has commissioned two artists to work alongside the community to produce artworks in response to two themes. Head down to the Waterfront on Saturday and Sunday to see these artworks exhibited. 

The first, by Bloomin Art, invited responses to our festival’s theme ‘Oh, I Do Like To Be’ on postcards by people across Hartlepool.  Some of the postcards have been used to create a 3D piece of sculpture which will be displayed at Hartlepool Waterfront Festival. For more information on Bloomin Art, please visit their website.   

Following the festival, there will be an exhibition of some of the postcards, as well as the 3D sculpture in the Museum of Hartlepool from 4 August 2018.

We have also commissioned Seaton Crew based artist Diane Watson, champion beachcomber and part of Navigator North, to produce new art works based on the theme of beach plastics alongside school groups and beach combing groups across the Borough. 

Great Place Tees Valley is managed by the  Tees Valley Combined Authority,  supported by National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

 

Hartlepool Marina and On Water Training

Hartlepool Marina and On Water Training are once again putting on a jam-packed mini-programme of water-based activity!  Last year, we focussed on marina activity only, but this year we’re going out to sea! 

Whether it’s open-water swimming, or a bit of paddle boarding that takes your fancy, there’s sure to be something for everyone!  Now is the time to take the plunge, with a range of free taster activity taking place throughout the day!

 

 

Saturday 21st July

Start Time

Finish Time

On Water Activity

Description

Price

Capacity

1200 

1330

Coastal Exploration

‘Join our Skipper aboard On Water’s luxury 250HP RIB for a cruise out to sea. You will experience locking in/out of the marina and what it feels like to have the boat in planning mode…this one’s for the thrill seekers’

£10pp

10

1200

1330

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) 1

Learn the skills of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) with our Instructors. A great way to keep fit, socialise. All equipment, tuition and hire included.  

£10pp

8

1330

1400

BREAK

BREAK

 

 

1400

1530

Seafari

‘Travel by boat into Tees Bay with our wildlife guide and Skipper to discover our unique marine wildlife and learn more about the North Sea, our coastline and the marine environment.’

£10pp

10

1400

1530

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) 2

Learn the skills of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) with our Instructors. A great way to keep fit, socialise. All equipment, tuition and hire included.  

£10pp

10

1530

1600

BREAK

BREAK

 

 

1600

1700

History of Hartlepool Marina by Boat

‘Sail back in time with our onboard guide. This marina boat tour gives passengers an exciting insight to the history of Hartlepool from the water’s perspective. Discover some interesting facts about the towns traditions and culture. ‘

£5pp

10

1600

1700

Hire a Stand Up Paddleboard

Hire a Stand Up Paddleboard to enjoy the evening sun, this will be supervised by Instructors.  

£10pp

8

 

Sunday 22nd July

Start Time

Finish Time

On Water Activity

Description

Price

Capacity

1200

1330

Coastal Exploration

‘Join our Skipper aboard On Water’s luxury 250HP RIB for a cruise out to sea. You will experience locking in/out of the marina and what it feels like to have the boat in planning mode…this one’s for the thrill seekers’

£10pp

10

1200

1330

SUP Yoga

Yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard

‘For those who have tried the sport before and are confident enough to attempt poses on the board. This group session will be Instructor led and includes all equipment, hire and tuition.

£10pp

8

1330

1400

BREAK

BREAK

 

 

1400

1530

Seafari

‘Travel by boat into Tees Bay with our wildlife guide and Skipper to discover our unique marine wildlife and learn more about the North Sea, our coastline and the marine environment.’

£10pp

10

1400

1530

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP)

Learn the skills of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) with our Instructors. A great way to keep fit, socialise. All equipment, tuition and hire included.  

£10pp

8

1530

1600

BREAK

BREAK

 

 

1600

1700

History of Hartlepool Marina by Boat

‘Sail back in time with our onboard guide. This marina boat tour gives passengers an exciting insight to the history of Hartlepool from the water’s perspective. Discover some interesting facts about the towns traditions and culture. ‘

£5pp

10

1600

1700

Hire a Stand Up Paddleboard

Hire a Stand Up Paddleboard to enjoy the evening sun, this will be supervised by Instructors.  

£10pp

8

 

 Members of the Public will be able to Book these experiences in advance by emailing info@onwater-training.com or getting in contact via Facebook @OnWaterTraining or by phone 01429 452 321. Bookings can be also made on the day subject to availability.

 Please keep checking back for up-to-date timings and more acts to be announced!

 

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